La Merenda: "Is there better Nicoise cooking than this?" Nice Restaurant Tip by loudjazz

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The menu was short so I ate most of it over two days.
Amazing bread, a sourdough type with a hard crust and chewy, holey consistency and deep tasty flavour.

Stuffed sardines; when they are truly fresh as opposed to chilled you see what the fuss is about with this humble fishy. Simple perfection.

Poutines, these were raw new born anchovies on a chunk of toast with a glug of olive oil. a very rich and slightly fatty taste improved with a dash of lemon to cut through but it was a dish that actually tasted better and improved with every bite.

Tete de veaux or boiled calves head with sauce gribiche, a cold olive oil based green sauce with parsley, capers and boiled eggs, a perfectly balanced dish in every way with different textures of meat combining with the sauce perfectly and one large yellow waxy boiled potato.

For my dessert I had another piece of toast, I was getting addicted to this bread, this time with some ricotta that had been macerated with grappa and left to mature for a year. Wow, another result. Perhaps you can see why I was planning to come back now..

The intriguingly named ?pasta? turned out to be very good home made long pasta with pistou, the pungent Nicoise version of pesto, a Ligurian speciality from just over the border. This was served with parmesan

The andouilette was a kind of sausage filled with tripe and innards, the finest offal I?d tasted since the Lampredotto sarnie in a market in Florence earlier this year.

The Daube de Beauf was everything a good beef stew should be. Good sized pieces of meat, tender with no underling dryness showing the importance of reheating a stew gently as fierce heat can dry the meat out in a flash. A simple but rich and unctuous sauce and some plain spuds to chase the gravy around the plate. I enjoyed this while the boy made short work of the delectable lemon tart.

Favorite Dish: The boiled veal's head with green sauce was a perfect lunch dish, light but deeply rich and satisfying.
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Address: 40 rue de la Buffa
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: close to the market by old town
Phone: no phone
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 5
Theme: French

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 3, 2007
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